This post was most recently updated on February 9th, 2019
For one reason or the other, if you are an iPhone user, you might want to save some disk space on your Mac or PC’S hard drive. You will learn the easiest way to move iTunes Library folders location in this post. I mean you need to move your iTunes location to another directory apart from the directory where your iTunes is installed.
Although in my case, I moved my library onto my Seagate external hard drive. Some of the reasons why I took such action include 1. for additional security of my files(who knows, my computer’s hard drive may crash one day) 2. to save me some storage space on my Mac.
Gladly, this guide will walk you through how you can do the same. Using this trick you can offload a music library to a secondary external drive and not have it consume your limited internal disk space. Those who have a MacBook with an SSD drive will understand this better.
The easiest way to move iTunes Library: the Basic Prerequisites
- External hard drive or any other USB storage device
- A MacBook computer or a Windows-based PC
- Calmly read and understand the following tutorial
How to Transfer an iTunes Library to an External Drive
First off, this process will move the entire iTunes library to an external drive where it will retain its use but not take up primary internal disk space:
- Open iTunes and choose the “Advanced” tab
- Look under “iTunes Media folder location” to see the current location, select and copy that path
- Go to the Finder in OS X (or Windows Explorer if you’re on a PC) and navigate to the iTunes library file path, it’s usually at the following location on a Mac:
- Connect the external drive to copy the iTunes library to
- Looking at the ~/Music/iTunes/ folder, copy the “iTunes Media” folder onto the external drive with a drag and drop, let the file transfer finish before doing anything else
- Now go back to iTunes and under “iTunes Media folder location” choose the “Change” button to select the new location
- Navigate to the external drive you just connected and copied the library too, and select the newly copied “iTunes Media” folder, then choose “Open”
- Choose “OK” to confirm the selection of the new iTunes media folder
- Keep in mind that copying an iTunes library to an external drive means that the external drive must be connected to the computer in order to access the media, be it movies or downloaded apps, movies, and TV shows through iTunes.If you’re moving the library to save hard drive space, you’ll probably want to delete the iTunes Media directory from the primary hard drive when it’s finished copying over. You can do this by looking at the “Advanced” Preferences tab and verifying the external drive is now the location.
How to Revert the Process
Lasty, It’s pretty easy to revert the process. All you need to do in this case is to copy the library folder and contents back to your computer’s hard disk in the very location from which you moved them out at the beginning.